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Chamberlin joins National Science Foundation program

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 4, 2007) -- The National Science Foundation has chosen Ohio University scientist Mary Chamberlin to head a panel that makes major federal funding decisions for biological research. 

Mary Chamberlin photo by Rick FaticaChamberlin, a professor of biological sciences, will serve as a program director at the Arlington, Va.-based agency for 12 months starting Jan. 8. Under the terms of the agreement, she may return to the Athens campus periodically throughout the year to continue her research on the physiology of insects. 

The biologist is the first Ohio University faculty member in several years to be selected for the prestigious position with the National Science Foundation. She and another scientist will head the Integrative Animal Biology Program, which receives proposals from researchers seeking federal dollars for studies on comparative and molecular animal physiology, which includes immunology, endocrinology and physiological energetics.

"It's a great way to expose Ohio University to the National Science Foundation," Chamberlin said. "For me, it's a different way to contribute to science."

The Integrative Animal Biology program receives more than 200 proposals each year, and the program director assembles a panel of scientists twice per year to review and rank them. Each proposal is discussed for only about 15 minutes, which means that proposals must be well written and highly compelling to make it through such a competitive process, Chamberlin notes. 

In addition to her role in making funding decisions about proposals, Chamberlin will participate in outreach activities for the National Science Foundation, such as informing American scientists about funding trends and rates or how to write competitive grants. 

The scientist previously served on four National Science Foundation review panels, which prompted her to pursue the program director position. 

Chamberlin joined Ohio University's Department of Biological Sciences in 1984. She previously has received National Science Foundation funding for her own research on the intricate physiological changes that occur in caterpillars during metamorphosis.

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